Coach accused of child porn appears in court

Gordon Oehmig charged with possession of child pornography

Published On: Oct 22 2012 11:42:27 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 22 2012 01:21:17 PM CDT
Gordon Oehmig in court
HOUSTON -

A former Houston-area high school wrestling coach accused of possessing child porn appeared in court Monday.

Gordon Daniel Oehmig, 29, was charged with five counts of possession of child pornography.

Houston police said on Thursday, officers executed a search warrant at Oehmig's home and found more than 1,000 images and video files of young children engaged in sexual acts.

Oehmig was the head wrestling coach at St. Thomas High School and has worked at other schools and training facilities, leading to him having had significant exposure to children through his coaching positions, investigators said. Police said he may be involved in three organizations that work with children.

Gordon Oehmig

"We did a forensic preview at the scene, which is basically a sneak peak into his computer," Officer J.T. Roscoe said. "In a very open, obvious location, we found approximately 1,600 images and 550 videos of child pornography. Of that, the vast majority of it was males, prepubescent. We pulled off approximately 21 images and videos, two of which were toddlers."

Oehmig's defense attorney said it's too early to jump to conclusions.

"The thing that concerns me about the Internet nowadays is how easy it is for even someone out of curiosity to get on their computer and it's there forever and it's illegal," attorney Dick DeGuerin said.

Oehmig turned himself in on Thursday was released on a $20,000 bond, police said.

Investigators are asking for the public's help in identifying any additional victims.